Dr. Eric Berman is one
of only 500 neuro-ophthalmologists
in the United States!

He sees patients in
Sarasota, Bradenton,
Lakewood Ranch,
and Sun City Center.

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Neuro-Ophthalmology

 

Dr. Eric Berman is a board-certified and fellowship-trained neuro-ophthalmologist treating patients in Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Sun City Center. He is one of only 500 such specialists in the United States and treats visual problems and in patients with neurological conditions such as multilple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, strokes, facial nerve palsy, pseudotumor cerebri and headaches. In addition, he performs cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries and BOTOX® injections for both spasm disorders and cosmetic procedures.

 

What is a Neuro-ophthalmologist?

Neuro-ophthalmologists take care of visual problems that are related to the nervous system; that is, visual problems that do not come from the eyes themselves. We use almost half of the brain for vision-related activities, including sight and moving the eyes. Neuro-ophthalmology, a subspecialty of both neurology and ophthalmology, requires specialized training and expertise in problems of the eye, brain, nerves and muscles. Neuro-ophthalmologists complete at least 5 years of clinical training after medical school and are usually board certified in Neurology, Ophthalmology, or both.

Although some problems seen by a neuro-ophthalmologist are not worrisome, other conditions can worsen and cause permanent visual loss, or become life threatening. Sometimes the problem is confined to the optic nerve or the nervous system and other times it is related to a general medical condition. Neuro-ophthalmologists have unique abilities to evaluate patients from the neurologic, ophthalmologic, and medical standpoints to diagnose and treat a wide variety of problems. Costly medical testing is often avoided by seeing a neuro-ophthalmologist.

Some of the common problems evaluated by neuro-ophthalmologists include: optic nerve problems (such as optic neuritis and ischemic optic neuropathy), visual field loss, unexplained visual loss, transient visual loss, visual disturbances, double vision, abnormal eye movements, thyroid eye disease, myasthenia gravis, unequal pupil size, and eyelid abnormalities.

 

Selected Neuro-Ophthalmology Topics

 

PREPARING FOR THE NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY EVALUATION

  1. Request that your treating physicians send all relevant information to the neuro-ophthalmologist prior to your appointment, including office notes, results of laboratory tests and reports of CT and MRI scans.
  2. If you have had a CT or MRI scan performed, arrange to pick up the actual films and bring them with you, or have the facility mail them to the neuro-ophthalmologist in advance of your appointment.
  3. You will probably have your pupils dilated during the visit. The eye drops last about 4 hours and will make things look bright and blurry up close. Have someone else drive you to the appointment and bring your sunglasses.
  4. Ladies, in order for the physician to get a good look at your eyelids and to avoid ruining your appearance when the eye drops are administered, do not wear eye makeup.
  5. Bring a complete list of medications with you, including the name and dosage of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

 

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE EVALUATION?

  1. The neuro-ophthalmologic evaluation is one of the most comprehensive examinations you will experience. It may take a few hours to complete. You will be asked to give an account of your current problem and relate your entire medical history, including previous hospitalizations, operations, serious illnesses, medical problems in your family members, and medication allergies.
  2. You will have a complete eye examination. This may include testing of your peripheral vision (visual field test).
  3. You may have a partial or complete neurologic exam to test your strength, sensation, and coordination.
  4. The neuro-ophthalmologist will review the records and scans from previous evaluations, if applicable.
  5. After the examination, the neuro-ophthalmolgist will discuss the diagnosis (or possible diagnoses), the need for any additional testing and possible treatment.

 

 

Why Choose CEI?

Coastal Eye Institute (formerly Manatee Sarasota Eye Clinic) is one of the area’s largest ophthalmology practices featuring a comprehensive team of fellowship-trained ophthalmologists in every subspecialty of eye care.From infancy to the golden years...we provide care for the total health of your eyes. Trust your eye care to our specialists!

Specialties

Coastal Eye Institute has fellowship-trained ophthalmologists in every specialty of eye care:

  • ➢ Laser Cataract Surgery
  • ➢ Glaucoma
  • ➢ Macular Degeneration
  • ➢ Diabetic Retinopathy
  • ➢ Dry Eye Disease
  • ➢ LASIK Laser Vision Correction
  • ➢ Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • ➢ Pediatric Eye Care
  • ➢ Routine Eye Care
Schedule an Appointment

We are happy to work with your busy schedule! With nine physicians and four offices, we are confident we can find a time, day and location that is convenient for you. Call 941-748-1818 and let us help you on your way to seeing more clearly!

 

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